John Daniels Place

This small street is named after another New Haven hero. John C. Daniels was born on April 25, 1936, in Bibb County, Georgia then moved to Connecticut. He grew up in the old Elm Haven projects in New Haven, located on the surrounding blocks. Like Constance Baker Motley, he also graduated from Hillhouse High School, but years later, in 1955. Before becoming a politician, Daniels taught in West Haven and was a football referee for about 20 years.

He began his career in politics in the 1970s, serving on the New Haven Board of Alders. He also served as Connecticut State Senator representing parts of New Haven and West Haven. In 1990, John C Daniels became the first Black mayor of New Haven, CT and served two terms before he retired in 1994. 

In 2006, a school in the Hill was named after him. When the school was built, unfortunately it caused many residents in the Hill to be kicked out of their homes when the city took over the land to build the school. They did their best to fight for their homes, and a powerful documentary called The Hill tells this story.

A Peoples' History of Dixwell
  1. Dixwell Tour Intro
  2. Hillhouse High School
  3. Directions to Monterey Jazz Club
  4. Monterey Jazz Club
  5. Directions to Hannah Gray Home
  6. Hannah Gray Home
  7. Directions to John Daniels Place
  8. John Daniels Place
  9. Directions to Goffe Street School
  10. Goffe Street School
  11. Directions to Negro YMCA
  12. Negro YMCA
  13. Directions to Masonic Temple
  14. Masonic Temple
  15. Directions to Q House
  16. Q House
  17. Directions to Bristol Street
  18. Bristol Street
  19. Directions to Grove Street Cemetery
  20. Grove Street Cemetery
  21. Directions to Attempt to Make an HBCU in New Haven
  22. Attempt to Create HBCU in New Haven
  23. Directions to Yale Law School
  24. Jane Matilda Bolin and Pauli Murray
  25. Directions to Grace Hopper College
  26. College Renamed
  27. Directions Back to Hillhouse High School
  28. End of Dixwell Tour